When the bad bugs bite

From PathWay, Spring 2007.
Debbie: … How can we all have died at the same time?
The Grim Reaper: (pointing with a skeletal finger) The salmon mousse!
Geoffrey: Darling, you didn’t use tinned salmon did you?
Angela: I’m most dreadfully embarrassed…

Monty Python managed to make light of it in this sketch from The Meaning of Life, but in reality, food-borne illness is no laughing matter.
An estimated 5.4 million cases occur in Australia each year, causing around 18,000 hospitalisations and 120 deaths. It leads to 2.1 million lost days of work, 1.2 million medical consultations and 300,000 antibiotic prescriptions. Read more (pdf file, pg 20)

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